2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

The 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 16, 2004, and ended with the championship game on April 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. A total of 64 games were played.

This was the first year in which the regional sites were referred to by the cities in which the games were held in instead of the "East", "Midwest", "South", and "West" designations. It was also the first year that the matchups for the national semifinals were determined at least in part by the overall seeding of the top team in each regional. The top four teams in the tournament were Kentucky, Duke, Stanford, and Saint Joseph's. Had all of those teams advanced to the Final Four, Kentucky would have played Saint Joseph's and Duke would have played Stanford in the semifinal games. Only Duke advanced to the Final Four, where it played and lost to Connecticut in the semifinals. Despite being a #2 seed, Connecticut was widely considered the best team in the tournament, and many commentators felt this semifinal game should have been for the national championship.

Connecticut, coached by Jim Calhoun, won the national title with an 82-73 victory in the final game over Georgia Tech, coached by Paul Hewitt. Emeka Okafor of Connecticut was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


Region Site Other Locations
East Rutherford East Rutherford, New Jersey Buffalo, New York, Kansas City, Missouri, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Raleigh, North Carolina
St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Columbus, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio, Kansas City, Missouri, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Seattle, Washington
Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Orlando, Florida, Raleigh, North Carolina
Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona Buffalo, New York, Denver, Colorado, Orlando, Florida, Seattle, Washington
Finals San Antonio, Texas

Qualifying Teams

East Region - East Rutherford
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 St. Joseph's Phil Martelli Atlantic 10 27-1 At-Large Bid
#2 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Big 12 30-3 Tournament Champion
#3 Pittsburgh Jamie Dixon Big East 29-4 At-Large Bid
#4 Wake Forest Skip Prosser ACC 19-9 At-Large Bid
#5 Florida Billy Donovan SEC 20-10 At-Large Bid
#6 Wisconsin Bo Ryan Big Ten 24-6 Tournament Champion
#7 Memphis John Calipari C-USA 21-7 At-Large Bid
#8 Texas Tech Bob Knight Big 12 23-11 At-Large Bid
#9 UNC Charlotte Bobby Lutz C-USA 21-8 At-Large Bid
#10 South Carolina Dave Odom SEC 23-10 At-Large Bid
#11 Richmond Jerry Wainwright Atlantic 10 20-12 At-Large Bid
#12 Manhattan Bobby Gonzalez MAAC 24-5 Tournament Champion
#13 Virginia Commonwealth Jeff Capel CAA 23-7 Tournament Champion
#14 Central Florida Kirk Speraw Atlantic Sun 24-5 Tournament Champion
#15 Eastern Washington Ray Giacoletti Big Sky 16-12 Tournament Champion
#16 Liberty Randy Dunton Big South 17-14 Tournament Champion

Midwest Region - St. Louis
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Kentucky Tubby Smith SEC 26-4 Tournament Champion
#2 Gonzaga Mark Few WCC 27-2 Tournament Champion
#3 Georgia Tech Paul Hewitt ACC 23-9 At-Large Bid
#4 Kansas Bill Self Big 12 22-9 At-Large Bid
#5 Providence Tim Welsh Big East 20-8 At-Large Bid
#6 Boston College Al Skinner Big East 23-9 At-Large Bid
#7 Michigan State Tom Izzo Big Ten 18-11 At-Large Bid
#8 Washington Lorenzo Romar Pac-10 19-11 At-Large Bid
#9 UAB Mike Anderson C-USA 20-9 At-Large Bid
#10 Nevada Trent Johnson WAC 22-8 Tournament Champion
#11 Utah Kerry Rupp Mountain West 24-8 Tournament Champion
#12 Pacific Bob Thomason Big West 23-7 Tournament Champion
#13 UIC Jimmy Collins Horizon 24-7 Tournament Champion
#14 Northern Iowa Greg McDermott Missouri Valley 20-9 Tournament Champion
#15 Valparaiso Homer Drew Mid-Continent 17-12 Tournament Champion
Play-in Winner Florida A&M Mike Gillespie MEAC 14-16 Tournament Champion
Play-in Loser Lehigh Billy Taylor Patriot 18-10 Tournament Champion

South Region - Atlanta
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski ACC 27-5 At-Large Bid
#2 Mississippi State Rick Stansbury SEC 25-3 At-Large Bid
#3 Texas Rick Barnes Big 12 25-8 At-Large Bid
#4 Cincinnati Bob Huggins C-USA 24-6 Tournament Champion
#5 Illinois Bruce Weber Big Ten 24-6 At-Large Bid
#6 North Carolina Roy Williams ACC 18-10 At-Large Bid
#7 Xavier Thad Matta Atlantic 10 23-10 Tournament Champion
#8 Seton Hall Louis Orr Big East 19-9 At-Large Bid
#9 Arizona Lute Olson Pac-10 20-9 At-Large Bid
#10 Louisville Rick Pitino C-USA 20-9 At-Large Bid
#11 Air Force Joe Scott Mountain West 22-6 At-Large Bid
#12 Murray State Mick Cronin Ohio Valley 25-5 Tournament Champion
#13 East Tennessee State Murry Bartow SoCon 24-5 Tournament Champion
#14 Princeton John Thompson III Ivy 19-7 Regular Season Champion
#15 Monmouth Dave Calloway Northeast 21-11 Tournament Champion
#16 Alabama State Rob Spivery SWAC 16-14 Tournament Champion

West Region - Phoenix
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Stanford Mike Montgomery Pac-10 29-1 Tournament Champion
#2 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Big East 27-6 Tournament Champion
#3 North Carolina State Herb Sendek ACC 20-9 At-Large Bid
#4 Maryland Gary Williams ACC 19-11 Tournament Champion
#5 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Big East 21-7 At-Large Bid
#6 Vanderbilt Kevin Stallings SEC 21-9 At-Large Bid
#7 DePaul Dave Leitao C-USA 21-9 At-Large Bid
#8 Alabama Mark Gottfried SEC 17-12 At-Large Bid
#9 Southern Illinois Matt Painter Missouri Valley 25-4 At-Large Bid
#10 Dayton Brian Gregory Atlantic 10 24-8 At-Large Bid
#11 Western Michigan Steve Hawkins Mid-American 26-4 Tournament Champion
#12 Brigham Young Steve Cleveland Mountain West 19-8 At-Large Bid
#13 UTEP Billy Gillispie WAC 22-7 At-Large Bid
#14 Louisiana-Lafayette Jessie Evans Sun Belt 18-8 Tournament Champion
#15 Vermont Tom Brennan America East 22-8 Tournament Champion
#16 Texas-San Antonio Tim Carter Southland 16-12 Tournament Champion

Bids by conference

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference
6 ACC, Big East, C-USA, SEC
4 Atlantic 10, Big 12
3 Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-10
2 Missouri Valley, WAC
1 20 others

Final Four

At Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

National Semifinals

  • April 3, 2004
  • :With the Connecticut Huskies trailing by 8 points with less than 3 minutes to go, it looked as if the Duke Blue Devils were going to spoil Jim Calhoun's chance at a second national title. Connecticut's All-American center Emeka Okafor was limited to just 22 minutes because of early foul trouble, but he came up clutch with several big plays down the stretch and finished with 18 points and only 3 fouls. By contrast, all three of Duke's centers fouled out, including Shelden Williams, who committed his fifth foul with 3:04 to play. In addition, Duke went without a field goal for the last 4 1/2 minutes until Chris Duhon's meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was denied his 65th NCAA Tournament victory which would have tied him with Dean Smith for the all-time record.
  • :Will Bynum's layup in the final moments kept the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dream for a National Championship alive as they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys, in a nail-biter, in the first of the National Semifinal doubleheader. Georgia Tech led for most of the game including a seven-point edge at halftime. However, Oklahoma State was able to tie the game on John Lucas's three-pointer with 26.3 seconds left. Georgia Tech then milked the clock which set up Bynum's game-winner. Georgia Tech advanced to their first ever National Championship appearance. Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was denied yet another chance at an elusive national title.

National Championship Game

  • April 5, 2004
  • :The 2004 National Championship Game proved to be a coronation for the Connecticut Huskies as they handled Paul Hewitt's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The final nine-point margin of victory for the Huskies was misleading, as Connecticut led 60-35 midway through the second Half. Georgia Tech's rare inability to hit the three in the game contributed as much to the loss for the Jackets as anything UConn did. Tech shot only 31%, 7 of 22, from behind the arch including making 3 of their final 4 attempts to close the gap, meaning the Jackets were an uncharacteristic 4 of 18 before the stretch run. In addition the Jackets shot only 57% from the freethrow line. Had Tech managed to equal their tournament production up to this point in these two areas the outcome of the game could have been different. Emeka Okafor led Connecticut with 24 points and was an easy choice for Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Guard Ben Gordon added 21 points to Connecticut's cause. The victory gave Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun his second National Championship (1999).


East Rutherford Regional

St. Louis Regional

Atlanta Regional

Phoenix Regional

Final Four

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